Regional Network Alliance (RNA)

Regional Network Alliance (RNA)

The RNA is a synergistic network founded on 20 October 2004 to initiate a dynamic spring board for regional business networking in Singapore and the insurance brokers in the region.

Our partnership with the RNA allows us to:

  • Exchange timely business ideas and expertise
  • Develop relevant products
  • Manage operational insights in different countries
  • Assist clients  in managing the country and market risks
  • Provide  strategic advantage to clients making inroads into the Chinese market
  • Enlargement of our geographical footprint to benefit our clients

National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA)

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Since 1988 Honan Insurance Group has been a member of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA), an organisation which represents the interests of the insurance broking sector in Australia.

NIBA members range from large international brokerages to small suburban brokerages and through representation, communication, information and education, NIBA ensures the insurance brokers’ interests are protected and their professional standing enhanced.

The insurance and risk business is highly regulated, and intermediaries are subject to a wide range of professional and legislative pressures. To thrive in such a demanding environment they must be able to keep pace with constant changes in the risk factors Australian businesses face.

NIBA supports its members through its lobbying, education, technical and information services and our members are recognised as having a high standard of professionalism and knowledge through ongoing educational support and technical development.

Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB)

Since 2007 Honan Insurance Group has been a member of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB).

CIAB is the voice of the market leaders and the premier association for commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries in the United States and abroad. From its headquarters in Washington D.C. the CIAB represents leading commercial insurance agencies and brokerage firms and only the top one percent of all agents and brokers qualify.

The CIAB’s members operate in more than 3,000 locations, place 80%, well over $90 billion, of all U.S. insurance products and services protecting business, industry, government and the public at-large, and they administer billions of dollars in employee benefits.

Since 1913, CIAB has worked in the best interests of its members, securing innovative solutions and creating new market opportunities at home and abroad.

Remunerator

At Honan Insurance Group, we believe in providing a fully integrated financial service. Therefore, we provide financial planning advice for both companies and employees, through our associated company, Remunerator Financial Services.

Remunerator can also provide salary packaging, with a sophisticated electronic funds transfer based administration system, which streamlines your processes while maximising employee benefits.

Our independent financial consultants are also available to both you and your employees. They can provide detailed taxation and investment advice, so your business remains secure in the present, as well as prepared for the future.

Steadfast

Since March 2003 Honan Insurance Group has been a member of Steadfast which is a group of more than 280 government regulated insurance brokerages operating from over 400 offices Australia wide.

Annually, Steadfast Brokers generate $4.1 billion in sales, providing Steadfast with enormous buying power when negotiating with insurers. This allows Steadfast to develop custom policies with major insurers and back end tools and services for the exclusive use and enhanced professionalism of Steadfast Brokers.

Steadfast ensures we have a competitive edge in a dynamic market place and enables us to offer our customers access to multiple insurance companies, a broad range of products, competitive pricing, valuable advice and quality services.

International Benefits Network (IBN)

Since May 2010 Honan Insurance Group has been a member of the International Benefits Network  (IBN). The IBN is a network of independent employee benefits consultants in over 70 countries, providing members and their clients with global employee benefits expertise and promoting global standards in employee benefit consulting.

By extension of the International Benefits Network, you have a consultant who:

  • Provides expert local advice
  • Understands you, your organisation and its policies
  • Has speedy access to specialist advice on current conditions internationally
  • Can analyse your problem efficiently and develop recommendations
  • Can implement an agreed solution utilising other members of the IBN to undertake the work, or put you in touch with other respected professionals such as accountants or lawyers in the appropriate countries

Worldwide Broker Network (WBN)

Since November 2001, Honan Insurance Group has been a member of the Worldwide Broker Network.  With partner firms represented in over 100 countries throughout Europe, North, South and Central America, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, the WBN is the largest fully integrated network of independent property & casualtybrokers  and employee benefits consultants in the world.

Partnering with the WBN gives us the ability to handle localised insurance and employee benefits programmes for globally managed insurance programmes, ensuring that our clients receive comprehensive service from a single source.

In an increasingly global business environment, our association with the WBN also allows us to provide an internationally integrated service for Australian-based companies with overseas interest, as well as international companies doing business in Australia.

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Great for Criminals, Bad for You: Social Media and KRE (Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion)

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We should all be aware by now how fast the Internet and social media is growing. To put this into perspective, there are currently over 3 billion active Internet users, 100 billion emails are delivered per day, and 10,000 tweets are sent every second. It should come as no surprise then that the Internet, due to its sheers size and potential for user anonymity, has become a breeding ground for criminal activity. In particular, social media has become quite the information resource, attracting opportunistic criminals from all walks of life.

Common attacks such as identity theft and credit card fraud remain prevalent, requiring little effort while offering a worthwhile income for perpetrators who indiscriminately target a large number of potential victims, but as a result of the increased level of personal information made available on social media, we are seeing a rise in more sophisticated and targeted attacks against high-value individuals, such as business owners and directors.

With basic social engineering and intermediate computer skills, criminals can collect a dangerous amount of information on an individual’s personal life, family and business practices. This exposes targeted individuals to a number of security risks, including:

Kidnapping for Ransom
An individual(s) is seized against their will and held hostage in order to coerce certain concessions. Kidnapping for ransom usually involves demands for the payment of a financial settlement (cash, goods and /or property) in order to release the hostage(s).

Tiger Kidnapping
A kidnapping is orchestrated in order to conduct another criminal act, typically a robbery. Perpetrators generally abduct an employee of a business and then force them to facilitate a robbery. Dependents of the victim are often held hostage until the robbery is complete.

Virtual Kidnapping
A ransom demand is made under the pretext of an individual having been kidnapped, however, no abduction is actually committed.

Extortion
The obtaining of property, including goods, money and/or favours or privileges by way of duress, be it actual/threatened force, or under pretence of official right. Perpetrators often threaten the release of confidential or potentially damaging personal information.

Cyber Extortion
The threat or act of denying access to, or the stealing or destroying of, data held on an electronic device unless a ransom is paid. Undesirable/illegal information may also be transferred onto the victim’s computer.

To lower your risk it is recommended that you take steps to improve your online security and exercise caution when it comes to using social media – by understanding how social engineering works and by being aware of what information you have made available online. For more information on what measures you should take, you can call one of Honan’s cyber and network security experts on 1800 981 377 or email info@honan.com.au

Sources:
www.red24.com (‘Overshare: Social media and KRE’ 09/09/2015)
http://www.internetlivestats.com/

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